Wisconsin state Sen. Brad Pfaff, D-Onalaska (’90, Public and Environmental Affairs), announced Monday he is running to represent the 3rd Congressional District just eight months to the day after assuming his Senate seat. Pfaff, 54, told the Tribune in an exclusive interview Sunday that he hopes to bring civility and a bipartisan lens to the U.S. House of Representatives if elected, and pointed to his work so far in Madison as an example of that.
“Today, too many people in Washington have forgotten that getting things done for us is their job. They treat politics like a blood sport where the only thing that matters is destroying your opponent. That’s not what I am and that’s not who we are,” Pfaff said in a statement announcing his run. “I’m running because there is a better way forward for our community and our country.”
“We recognize the fact of how important it is that we have a representative in Washington D.C. that understands our way of life, understands our values, understands the western Wisconsin way,” Pfaff told the Tribune.
…Pfaff, a western Wisconsin native, has also served on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors and under former state Rep. Virgil Roberts. He currently lives in Onalaska, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s degree from George Mason University.
His current term in the state Senate ends in 2025.